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Staff now allowed to carry guns inside the Statehouse

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — General Assembly staff can now pack heat inside and around the Statehouse. Senate Bill 43 immediately went into effect after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law Wednesday. The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, allows the employees to carry guns inside the Statehouse if they have […]

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Synthetic urine could soon be illegal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Synthetic urine is causing problems for companies trying to drug testing employees. “We definitely see a lot of people using these products on a day to day basis,” Tiffany Ellefson, ‎vice president at Midwest Toxicology Services, said. The Midwest Toxicology Service, an organization based in Indianapolis, helps companies manage […]

Commentary: John Gregg opens a present

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Commentary: John Gregg opens a present

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Republican State Committee just gave John Gregg, the Democrats’ candidate for governor, a gift. The gift’s name is Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, whom the committee named the new Republican candidate for governor. Holcomb takes the place on the November ballot that was reserved for Gov. Mike Pence, […]

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What didn’t happen in the 2016 legislative session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Not every bill can make it to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the bills that didn’t make it through the 2016 General Assembly. Hate Crime Senate Bill 220, authored by Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, would have allowed a judge to increase the length of a […]

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Bill would remove gun application questions about DUI

Anastasia Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The debate surrounding gun applications is just beginning at the Statehouse. Senators Wednesday started to discuss removing questions about DUI convictions from the application used by Indiana State Police for a license to carry. “All I was trying to do was just get the State Police to remove those words, […]

New law: Inmates trade snail mail for email and video chat

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New law: Inmates trade snail mail for email and video chat

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Modern ways of communication might save the Department of Corrections money thanks to a new bill that is expanding the ways inmates are allowed to communicate with people outside of their cells. The DOC has spent about $345,000 annually on first class stamps in past years. Senate Bill 285 allows […]

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New law: Sawed-off shotguns no longer outlawed

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Manufacturing, importing, selling and owning a sawed-off shotgun will be legal in the Hoosier state beginning on July 1. Indiana currently prohibits these firearms, but Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, authored Senate Bill 433, which the General Assembly approved this session. “The state discontinued to transfer federal approvals and all of […]